LoginRegister



Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
How many crickets to feed my beardie?
12-25-2012, 09:05 AM,
#1
OnlyOne Offline
Registered



Posts: 2
Threads: 1
Joined: 12-19-2012
Reputation: 0
Question  How many crickets to feed my beardie?
Hey guys, I was just wondering, how many crickets should I feed my bearded dragon? He is now around 8 months old and I've had him since he was small. What bothers me, is that I need to go buy 50 crickets, twice per week, which costs 13.8$ per week... Isn't there a cheaper way to feed my meardie Undecided ? And when he's an adult, I can't even imagine how much I'll have to pay...
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
12-26-2012, 06:41 PM,
#2
SereneScales Offline
Junior Member

**


Posts: 25
Threads: 2
Joined: 12-17-2012
Reputation: 0
RE: How many crickets to feed my beardie?
I would recommend moving away from crickets entirely. One solution I could give you is to buy a dubia starter colony for feeders. They are much more nutritious than crickets, cheaper in the long run too!
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
12-27-2012, 02:34 PM,
#3
Fishbone Offline
Member

*****


Posts: 658
Threads: 28
Joined: 04-13-2012
Reputation: 1
RE: How many crickets to feed my beardie?
Dubias are a good healthy option. How big is he now (tip of the nose to the tip of the tail?) Your probably at the point where he should be getting insects once per day, about as many as he'll eat in 15 - 20 minutes. Is he eating salad yet, and if so, what are you putting in there? I offer all the dragons I've had salad every morning, based around dark leafy greens (Collard, mustard, dandelio, turnip, etc), no watery lettuces (Iceberg, romaine, leaf lettuces, etc...). Mix in some good veggies every day, and a little fruit a few times a week, and your good to go.

As for expense and keeping, you can but the crickets in bulk online or from allot of reptile specific stores, typically 1,000 at a time for around $13-$20, and keep them. Though that does require a bit of work in caring for the crickets and keeping them alive, but it's not hard. And as he gets older, it generally seems best to cut back on the protein (insects) in their diet. By 18 months of age, I normally give insects 3-4 times a week, but the salad/veggies every day. It is also good to provide a variety of insects in my opinion. Silkworms, roaches (dubias, lobster, etc...) and phoenix worms are generally the best staples, followed by superworms & crickets, then hornworms, butterworms, and waxworms. I've used this stratagey for quite awhile, and adopted/adapted it from experienced keepers and breeders who have very old and healthy dragons.

Here is a site with some good nutritional info on bearded dragons. The goals for a healthy beardie are to limit the amount of phosphorus, increase the amount of calcium, be wary of anything to high in oxalates or vitamin A, and try to limit the amount of fat.

http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Nutrition.html
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Baby Beardie won't eat katlee 0 1,053 08-06-2015, 07:40 AM
Last Post: katlee
  Does your Beardie bite? SarahWorksAtHome 0 637 06-05-2015, 04:47 PM
Last Post: SarahWorksAtHome
  New Beardie's heat Modoc 2 987 06-04-2015, 02:51 PM
Last Post: SarahWorksAtHome
  cool beardie names richguinea 1 1,004 05-30-2015, 03:49 PM
Last Post: SarahWorksAtHome
  How often do you feed your pet snake? Ram 8 36,059 02-05-2015, 12:55 PM
Last Post: Gayla Ray Kent
  Can you feed snake pieces of beef or pork? Ram 3 9,191 07-08-2012, 02:16 PM
Last Post: Fishbone
  How to feed the frozen food to your snakes? Ram 4 2,128 05-11-2012, 05:38 AM
Last Post: Thor
  What do you feed the new born snakes? Ram 4 4,249 05-09-2012, 11:13 PM
Last Post: Thor

Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)


Contact Us | Pets Keepers Guide | Return to Top | | Lite (Archive) Mode | RSS Syndication| Rules & Privacy | Advertise Here